Friday, November 7, 2014

Reading right now:

            “The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly. This is the 19th Harry Bosch novel and they have all been fantastic. I love Harry Bosch and moving Bosch to LADP’s Open-Unsolved Unit with new partner rookie Detective Lucia Soto has given the series new life. This time Bosch catches an unusual cold case in which the victim dies after being shot nine years earlier. There’s no evidence, but there’s plenty of political complications. It’s hard to believe that anyone who loves mysteries hasn’t picked up the Bosch series, but if you haven’t yet read these run to the library and start at the beginning.

On hold right now:

            “Blue Labyrinth” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Special Agent Pendergast is back in this 14th book in the series. After one of Pendergast’s enemies ends up dead on his doorstep with a piece of turquoise in the deceased stomach, Pendergast chases the killer on a journey into his family’s past. This is an unusual and complicated mystery series which went a little off track for a while, but is now back on track with the regular characters back in great form trying to help Pendergast solve a complicated mystery filled with action and suspense.

Other Mysterious Things:

Let’s talk about Mary Higgins Clark! With her forthcoming book, “The Cinderella Murder,” she has been writing mystery and suspense novels since her first big hit in 1975 called “Where Are the Children?” Two of her books were made into films (“A Stranger is Watching” and “Where Are the Children?”) and other books were made into films for television. Clark is a survivor. She was raised by a single Mother because of the death of her Father when she was eleven. Her marriage ended early when her husband died of a heart attack in 1964. She was left to raise five children on her own (although she did remarry later). Writing saved her and through the years she has won many awards including the Grand Prix de Literature Policiere in France and she was chosen by the Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. As well as her stand-alone novels, Clark writes a series with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark. “The Cinderella Murder” was written with Alafair Burke (daughter of James Lee Burke). This is the first of a new series which centers on a television program featuring cold cases. The first cold case that the reality drama “Under Suspicion” covered was a huge success and the show helped solve the case. In picking the second episode, TV producer Laurie Moran decides the murder of UCLA student Susan Dempsey would be the perfect choice, but unexpected developments quickly arise. 

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